Trade and sustainable development is at the heart of what amfori believes in. Therefore, we consider the TSD Chapters within EU trade agreements to be an important element of bilateral trade. For this reason, we have responded to the recent Commission consultation on this issue, putting forward elements such as:
- Getting timetabled commitments from partner countries on improving social and environmental conditions in their country during the negotiation stage.
- Receiving greater clarity, and assurances, on how the Commission intends to introduce the possibility of sanctions for non-compliance and on what basis could the essential elements clause be grounded.
- That the Commission be more proactive in its outreach to civil society representatives, such as amfori, together with more regular, and detailed, information concerning third countries’ implementation towards their TSD commitments.
- The addition of the following ILO conventions: Labour Inspection Convention, 1947 (No. 81), Labour Inspection (Agriculture) Convention, 1969 (No. 129), and Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190).
amfori will continue to be closely involved with the Commission and other stakeholders on this critical element of EU trade.